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number 15 from 1962. it has spider man on the cover. it's estimated to sell for 4 $400,000. a long island man bought it for $1200. he hopes to buy his late father's farm in cal ver ton. good investment on his part. there you go. it's 5:00 a.m. take us with you if you're heading out the door. >> download the "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device. our next hour starts right now. the storms left behind a mess and this morning some people are in the dark. others have a major cleanup on their hand. apple fighting a judge's order to help the investigation into the san bernardino shootings. important warning. cheese sold at a local whole foods could cause a potentially deadly case of food poisoning. we'll tell you about that. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone. 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday, february 17th. i'm michael gargiulo. i'm darlene rodriguez. storm team 4's chris cimino here
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good morning. >> good morning, guys. quieter morning out there. that's good news. no rain gear or heavy duty wardrobe. it's chillier, yes. but the wind has subsided too. down to 30 in hampton bays. wading river 35. city is 37. north and west, still above the freezing mark in poughkeepsie to danbury to sussex and bridgewater at 37. memorial hospital sell owe chillier at 28. there's clouds out there and snow flurries in southwest connecticut. portions of central long island also seeing maybe a few flakes in the air early on this morning. that will be exiting again in a weak disturbance. the clouds will be breaking up for some sunshine through the late morning and afternoon. starting out in the mid and upper 30s. 40 by noon with a partly cloudy sky. less breeze and a high this afternoon of 44 degrees. even milder weather to talk about down the road. back to that in a little bit. back to the roads with lauren. >> it's very quiet this morning. see lots of green on the maps. we'll show you what the roads look like. starting with the brooklyn
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no roadwork on either side of the span. the bqe in great shape. in for a nice ride here. the incompetent bound side of of the lincoln tunnel, same story. very few cars and trucks heading into the tolls. no delays inbound or outbound at any of the hudson river crossings and we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on 4s. >> thanks, lauren. it's 5:02. a push to prevent budget cuts. a major blow to terrorism in new york city. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in times square with what's happening. good morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning to you. this affects police officers with the nypd. firefighters in new york city as well. also, when you see the police officers in their heavy-duty gear at subway stations like the ones here in times square, they're checking bags, they're patrolling the subway stations and also aboveground. that is part of a program that will be cut as well if the proposed budget goes through. this is president obama's proposed budget.
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anti-terror funding to cities across the country. last year new york city received $180 million. half of that could be cut. senator schumer, a vocal opponent of this cut says in light of the attacks in paris and other cities where extremists are more dangerous, he we just talked with a bronx woman who says the officer who patrol give a sense of relief to a lot of people. >> i used to see them walking around and monitoring everything and just keeping an eye. i don't know what's going on. i never see anything really harsh for anything like that. >> reporter: we hear a lot from local and national lawmakers saying that new york city will always be a prime target. we will hear from senator schumer later on today in a press conference planned at this morning. also taking part in the press conference, mayor de blasio and the police and fire commissioners as well. back to you, darlene. >> katherine creag, thank you.
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an apartment building fire left two families without a home in yonkers. that fire broke out early this morning at 44 park avenue just off ash burton. a photo shows almost nothing left of the apartment where it started. several families in other apartments had to use the fire escape to leave the building. one resident and eight firefighters were treated for minor injuries. mayor de blasio says the recent talk of closing riker's island is noble but unrealistic. he said it would cost billions of dollars that the city doesn't have. problems at the troubled jail complex should be fixed. city council speaker melissa -- and governor cuomo agreed that closing riker's would solve problems. a consumer alert. whole foods is recalling a brand much cheese because of potentially deadly listeria concerns. the specialty cheese is peck rinne owe aged cheese and walnut leaves. only one store in new york sold it on houston street on the
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it poses a serious threat to children, elderly and pregnant women. we have more information on the recalled product on nbcnewyork.com. it's 5:04. time for a check much weather and traffic on the 4s. it's not just that things are calm, but the temperatures seem to be where they're supposed to be. >> much more comfortable, certainly. turned the corner. tuesday snow and ice, yesterday soaking, flooding rains if not over 50 miles per hour winds. damaging winds at that. today, clouds lingering. a chilly start and a few snow flurries to the east of us. the clouds break for sunshine with temperatures in the mid 40s. much less wind much breaking it down for you, in the city, mostly cloudy. 37. out east, maybe a few flurries in connecticut, central long island too. breaks of sun by noon. 42 by 3:00. that's not too bad. a mix of sun and cloud. a high of 44. we take a dip and a ride back up with the temperatures. we'll talk about that in a
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let's take a ride with lauren for commute. >> nj transit buses, 4 and 5 have a detour. commuter lines doing well. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the fours. thank you very much, lauren. a new report that says the number of nypd stop and frisks are down significantly. but the department still faces challenges. federal monitor released a status report yesterday. he says street stops were down to 24,000 last year. that's from a high of more than 685,000 in 2011. the monitors said many officers still need supervisors to take an active role. apple is fighting orders to help the fbi unlock a cell phone used by one of the san bernardino shooters. police killed the two after they reportedly shot and killed 14
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apple refused to voluntarily help investigators access encrypted data on the couple's phone. the company says they will fight a judge's order forcing them to assist. the american band eagles of death metal took the stage for the first time in paris since begun men stormed their show last year. >> the name appeared on the marquis in paris. they tweeted a particular i. picture with the caption, thank you for this, paris. gup men opened fire at their show at the bataclan theater last year. 89 people died in that attack. a judge is once again denying bill cosby's latest request to have his case tloep hrown out. the judge denied the appeal of that decision yesterday. the comedian is accused of drugging and assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. his lawyers argue a previous
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tack. 5:07. president obama not backing down to nominate a new supreme court justice. this is as the court drapes scalia's chair in black. his pod i will lie in repose friday at the supreme court. his funeral planned for saturday in washington. president obama insisting in that press conference yesterday, it's his constitutional duty to name a replacement. >> the law that says it can only be done on off years, that's not in the constitutional text. >> many senate republicans say the president should not nominate a successor during his last year in office. in today's cnbc money report, mechanics at united airlines voted overwhelmingly to rejengt the company's contract offer. yooup leaders will seek federal approvals for a strike. 9,000 workers could walk off the job.
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proposal since united and continental mernld ged in 2010. larry summers says large denomination of cash fuel crime and corruption. he says it's easy for criminals, tax cheats and terrorists to move lots of money illegally using large denominations. 5:09 now. a lot of people have major cleanup ahead. tracie strahan is one of the places, englewood, new jersey. what's the situation there, tracie? >> reporter: michael, there's a pretty amazing thing to see here on tryon street. not ohm did the wind knock over this tree in front of a home. it knocked it into a child's bedroom. it's uprooted as well. thankfully, the family, they're not home now, they weren't home at the time. as you said, it's indicative of
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ahead for so many people today. heavy down pours left a section of the bronx competely submerged submerged. so many driving said it came down in buckets. on staten island, flooded roadways left cars stranded as well. near citi field, there was a decent incident as well in terms of dealing with the rain. everybody had the same type of situation. now here in englewood, new jersey, again this tree crashed through a roof because of the gale force wind real. 30, 40, 50 miles per hour that people experienced here. as you can see, this area all roped off. they're not letting anyone near it. today they had to get their hand on this tree somehow and get it out of the home. back to you. >> all right, tracie, thank you very much. a lot of people with a lot of work to do this morning. it's 5:10. just ahead, the jeb bush tweet that immediately wept viral. viral for a different reason. one man's gesture that people
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plus, weather and traffic on the 4s.
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it's 5:13. here are four things to know this morning.
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area from the storms. chris will tell us what to expect in the day ahead in a moment in weather and traffic on the 4s. general motors is recalling 200,000 vehicles because of the faulty takata airbags involving saturn and saab models. head to nbcnewyork.com for details. anyone near indian point, the nuclear plant is planning a siren test this morning at 10:30 lasting for four minutes. today, the carnegie deli officially reopens following a soft opening last week, as they call it. it's been closed nearly a year after con ed discovered an illegal gas hookup. mayor de blasio will be there this morning and the business offering free slices of cheesecake with entrees today. 5:14 on this wednesday morning. things calming down considerably weatherwise. overall, it's been a little wacky. temperatures have been extremely warm and then extreme cold and a big blizzard in between. for dooes
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13 degrees above normal. january 2 degrees above normal. for the first time in a long stretch of month, at least right now, the month of february is below normal by a tenth of a degree. that could change. by the weekend, above normal again. nonetheless, the roller coaster ride of this winter continues for a few weeks. 32 in sparta. 34 in frapg nklin right now. same thing through the hudson valley, 37 in the park. may shave off a couple of degrees for the rest of the morning, not a big deal. school day forecast, cool to chilly on the bus stops. not bad. no rain gear needed today. again, not the super-duper heavy coat and with the wind fairly light, not bad. 40 at recess time. for after school activity ies around 40. clouds are thinning out west of us. we're starting to see snow flurries and showers across
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we'll drop the satellite perspective and go to the radar. you can see suffolk county right now. don't be surprised if you encounter a snow shower or flurry. this is moving off steadily to the east. future tracker keeps us quiet throughout the day today. just patchy clouds. notice the thin spots. should ghetto indication al sunshine in here. couple of flurries possible north and west of town. they dissipate. overnight, turns colder. down in the 20s this time tomorrow morning. during the day tomorrow, not much going on. a good deal of sunshine. but chill in the air as well. by friday, we see an increase in clouds. don't anticipate significant weather with that either. for today, look for clouds giving way to sunshine. temperatures back to the lower to mid 40s. wind west at 10 miles per hour. colder tonight with a low of 26. by the weekend, it warms into the 50s again. nothing more than a spot shower on saturday. monday could see an early shower too. then we go back to the 40s for monday and tuesday. then we'll watch the coast tuesday night into wednesday. again, the exact track of the
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right now, a milder scenario, a wetter scenario, rain. that would be late tuesday night and wednesday. things could change. the seven-days plus away. 40s and 50s over the weekend. no big storms until later tuesday night into wednesday. it's almost 5:17 straight up. let's get over to lauren scala. how is it looking? >> one minor problems on the roads. a live look at the ramp off the major deegan on to the cross bronx expressway. there's been an accident, looks like a spinout and the car hit the wall. little bit of a backup there. it takes out the right lane. just one lane getting by. the ramp is delayed. not a major delay on the roadway. i'll keep you posted. that's the ramp off the major deegan on to the cross bronx expressway. heading over for better news at the belt parkway. things moving nicely by lefferts boulevard. smooth sailing on the belt. a nice ride there. in connecticut, here's what it looks like out in greenwich.
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no roadwork on the connecticut turnpike. right now, the merritt parkway is also fine. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. decision 2016. this weekend, it could be make or break for several presidential candidate. the south carolina primary could be a last stand for several gop candidates. nbc's tracie potts is in washington. tracie, this is being watched closely, even the president is weighing in now. >> exactly. president obama has said before and he insists again now that donald trump cannot win this election in november despite the fact that he's got this huge lead right now in the polls. >> i continue to believe mr. trump will not be president. >> president obama on the republican front-runner. >> it's not hosting a talk show or a reality show. it's hard. >> trump's response. >> this man has done such a bad job, set us back so far and for him to say that actually is a
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>> trump's double digit lead in the latest survey monkey national poll mirrors what's happening in south carolina. >> we love south carolina. let go. >> he's got twice as much support as ted cruz. he is battling is out for second with marco rubio. >> this election has to be about making a difference. >> on the other hand, jeb bush a distant fourth. >> i'll be a commander in chief. >> he says it's not the end of his campaign in south carolina. >> a fourth place finish in south carolina, are we still going to nevada? >> i'll be there. >> john kasich also hoping for a strong finish in south carolina. >> this is an important state for us. >> this weekend's primary could further narrow what was once a crowded field of 17 republicans now town to six and counting. don't forget, nevada's democratic caucus is also this weekend. not a lot of polling there.
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anyone's guess. >> caucuses are harder to poll. here's something a lot of people talking about. a controversial tweet from jeb bush's campaign. it's been retweeted thousands of times. it's the photo of a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol with the former governor's name engraved on it. the caption in the toto simply says, america. jeb bush had toured the south carolina factory that makes that gun. a veterinarian in georgia went above the call of duty to rescue a stray pup. >> video vet eating inside a kanl with gracie has gone viral. she's in the corner. he was so worried she wouldn't eat, he decided to eat his breakfast with her. he hopes to socialize her enough. someone found her on the side of the road and called him. he brought her in and said practically, she should be put down but the veterinarian in me
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she's been doing a lot better. she barked at a cat. >> there you go. that's progress. the dog that did not win the westminster dog show but did win over the crowd. >> plus ahead at 5:30, the local county that's giving people a break on hundreds of thousands of parking tickets. you're watching "today in new york." in new york state, we believe tomorrow starts today. all across the state the economy is growing, with creative new
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welcome back. 5:23. it is wednesday morning. 37 degrees out. happening today, the newly crowned top dog goes on a tour of manhattan. >> the best in show dog tonight of 2016 is the german short haired pointer. >> cj, stanford, california, journey won best in show at the 140th westminster kennel club dog show last night. cj will head to the top of the empire state building and visit sahr dee's for a traditional winner steak. >> still looking for some snacks. >> that's a big boy. meanwhile, dario, he became a quick fan favorite. he kept trying to dig into his handler's left pocket for treats. >> so cute. >> the handler said there was nothing in that pocket because he keeps president food on the other side. where is it? he didn't win an award. but he won over the crowd at the garden. >> so cute.
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i know they're in there. oh, my gosh. >> chris, like the size of ten sir charles. >> his tail is bigger than sir charles. >> huge. >> it's like a horse. >> what is it called? never heard of that before. >> lean burger. that was one of them. >> from brooklyn. >> he was hungry, obviously. those of us heading out to nicer conditions we've experienced the last two mornings. no snow, no ice, no rain, no wind. just clouds. maybe a few flurries east of the city early on this morning. we've seen a few pop-ups in suffolk county. by afternoon, breaks of sun. 44 should do it. that's seasonably cool. little colder. a clear sky. back down to the mid 20s. could see teens in the suburbs. winter is back a little bit overnight into tomorrow. it's gone by the weekend. maybe a morning shower on saturday. you sleep and you miss that.
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>> 51 on sunday with just a few clouds. maybe a late sprinkle. a lot of nice hours to be outside this weekend. stretch is out a little bit finally. >> let me tell you, we need to. stretch it out. i'll tell you that. >> the sandals here, it's so good. we don't have too many problems for the commute either. start with the checklist. metro-north, lirr, nj transit, path all running without delays and service changes. the tappan zee bridge, things moving nicely here. north of the city, no accidents on the roads. one out there and it's not a big deal. i'll have the details in a few minutes. lauren, thank you very much. a health scare on an ivy league campus. yesterday. passengers diverted on their way home from vacation. how their trip got worse from there. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live in times square. from lawmakers to new yorkers,
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cut. we'll tell what you this is all about and you'll hear from some the people coming up. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. york." download the "news 4 new york" now.
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left behind a big mess. this morning, some people are in the dark. others have a major cleanup on their hands. an act of forgiveness. ready to get a break on parking tickets. see the moment pope francis had to scold overzealous people during his visit to mexico. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone. it's wednesday morning, february 17th. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino is here with the forecast. chris, people are out cleaning up today after what happened yesterday. >> it was a messy day yesterday between the flooding that we had and tree damage and trees came down. weather cooperates today as we try to recover from the stormy couple of days. upper 30s around the city. we're staying above the freezing mark. poughkeepsie at 35. long island as well. chillier spots, westhampton, 29 and monticello 28. chillier on the fringes. clouds are pushing on through and a few snow flurries in long island.
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county, connecticut, they're whisking along quickly to the east. temperatures above freezing, shouldn't be big problems out of that. an afternoon high temperature. a notch or two above normal at 44 degrees. we'll talk about the forecast on the fours. if you're headed out the door, here's lauren. road are in good shape so far. a live look outside at the bqe. in the area of the brooklyn bridge, a little slow-going out there. plenty of headlight. but it's doing okay. we have delays on uptown 6 trains. that is all because of some track maintenance out there. otherwise -- actually mechanical problems. lauren, thank you. a lot of people have a major cleanup ahead after yesterday's storms. tracie strahan is in englewood, new jersey. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning to you.
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what a cleanup ahead of us at this home here. you can't help but see this. that tree was uprooted and fell into a child's bedroom at the height of the storm yesterday. that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to storm cleanup all throughout the tri-state area. want to show you video we captured in the bronx. the heavy downpours there, it left a section of the parkway absolutely submerged. now, that area not alone. on staten island, there was a harrowing scene. cars were stranded. that's why they tell you not to risk it in that type of weather. there was so much rain at citi field that a parking lot turned nearly into a lake. if that rain wasn't enough, the wind completed the one-two punch. you heard chris talk about the strong wind and gusts that uprooted trees like this throughout the area. it really caused problems on the roads as well. thankfully, no one was home at
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not coming back any time soon. they probably will be calling over the phone, darlene, to figure out how to get all of this cleaned up. back to you. >> understandable. tracie strahan, thank you. flooded roads were not the only dangers drivers were facing. a sheet of ice flew off a box truck and hit a truck for our sister station in connecticut. similar reports of other cars were hit by flying ice. it ended up taking 28 hours, but passengers on the flight that diverted twice a are finally home. flight 944 from the dominican republic was supposed to land at kennedy airport and was diverted to an airport in new hampshire. passengers stayed overnight in a hotel and flight diverted once again. this time ended up in boston because of heavy turbulence. >> it was really bad. i've never experienced turbulence like that.
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to break in half. the pilot described it as a blender. >> wow. the passengers finally made it to kennedy last night. some people didn't risk another flight. they actually took the train home from boston. nassau county is offering amnesty from drivers with long overdue parking and traffic tickets. according to news day, -- tickets issued before 2014, the tickets are worth nearly $119 million. the amnesty program could cut the original fines in half and waive penalty ies and late fees. other surcharges will have to be paid. the amnesty offer begins next monday running through may 22nd. >> take advantage of that if you're one of those people. 5:34 right now. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, here we go again. what's to come, it's exciting i think. >> better news for the most part.
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into the middle of the week, quieter but chillier. for today, clouds leftover this morning. a chillier start than yesterday morning but the clouds break for sunshine. this afternoon, back into the mid-40s. not bad at all. much less wind today. an average wind speed of 5 to 10 miles per hour. that will feel pretty nice. the current conditions in the city, mostly cloudy, 37. we've seen a few snow flurries in suffolk county and portions of fairfield county, connecticut. they're dissipating and moving east. the clouds should break up for sun. 42 at 3:00. forecasting a high today of 44 degrees. we dip down and back up again by the weekend. we'll talk about that a little bit. let see what the trend. commute is so far. >> the trend, so far so good. no major problems out there. this just came in. 71st avenue f trains, running local to roosevelt avenue. it will take you longer to get where you need to go. as far as the ferries, still bus
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lines ongoing until further in the. we'll let you know when ferry service is restored. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more coming up on the 4s. lawmakers and police will stand together and speak out against federal budget cuts. they say the cuts would be a major blow to fighting terrorism in new york city. katherine creag is in times square. kat, always a prime area of concern for the nypd and the place where they've used the money they've gotten from the federal government to really protect and patrol. >> reporter: that's one woman was just tell us, michael. she worked here in times square. it's always a prime target. she told us that she doesn't want to see less counterterrorism police officers. in fact, she wants to see more. that's at stake. programs involving the nypd, firefighters also and the programs you can see when police officers are practicing, doing drills, that's at stake. it's now being targeted and partially cut in president
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that spending plan, there's $300 million in cuts to anti-terror country. last year in new york city, received $180 million in counterterrorism funding. half of that could be cut. that woman we were just talking with said it's a relief to see on patrol. take a listen. >> i feel more safe when i see cops around on the subways in the neighborhoods patrolling. it's absolutely necessary. particularly in new york. that's a prime target, you know, for terrorists. >> reporter: senator chuck schumer, a vocal opponent of this proposed cut said in light of recent attacks in paris and san bernardino, california, extremists continue to become more dangerous. we'll hear from the senator and mayor de blasio and the fire and police commissioners at a big press conference at 1pp. police headquarters later on. >> kat, thanks very much. right now, police are
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a tourist in the face leaving him unconscious with a fractured skull. it happened around 3:30 monday afternoon in front of of the staten island ferry terminal in lower manhattan. a woman approached the tourist from arkansas and tried to sell him fake tickets to the statue of liberty. when he dee lined, another man came up and punched him. the pair then ran off. yale university trying to figure out who may have been exposed to a student with bacterial meningitis. the student is still in the hospital, expected to recover. the university is working with local and state health officials to figure out who had close extended contact with that student. anyone who may have been exposed will be given preventative treatment. in new jersey, a raccoon tested positive for rabies. animal control officers captured the wild animal earlier this month in wood bridge township in the avenel community. tests came back positive for rabies. now, if you believe you encountered this infected animal, call the local health department.
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the ix siemt is spilling over into the united states. kerry barrett is in the newsroom with details. gorge, kerry. >> good morning, darlene. more than a million people expected to attend the mass in juarez, mexico. in texas, they will be watching a video feed in the sun bowl stadium. the pope has been in mexico for five days. his message to the hundreds of thousands is one of hope, compassion for immigrants and he challenged to fix the economic conditions there, the crime, the corruption. he's expected to speak with per sis ten, about faith and about family. >> a life changing pope. it's reforming -- he's reforming the church. >> close to see mexico which i haven't seen in 20 years. it's very emotional being here. >> for many in juarez, they hope the papal visit bowls terse.
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kidnappings and murders. there are a certain number of tickets to the papal mass allotted specific live for mothers who have a missing child. people expected to be gathering before the mass begins. they'll be joining in song and prayer celebrating the papal visit. kerry barrett in the newsroom. thank you. a moment of panic for the pope's security detail. the pontiff's clothing was grabbed yesterday. he was nearly toppled by the excited crowd. the pope was helped back up, gave a loud scolding. he was heard repeating in spanish, don't be selfish. i think there was a child or someone who he could have fall ep on top of. perhaps -- we've seen people get very excited. they want to touch him. >> the security detail is trying to protect the holy father. he's trying to engage with the crowd. >> it can be difficult. ahead, it is a scam.
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welcome back. 5:44 on this much quieter wednesday morning. it's going to be a quiet day weatherwise ahead finally. we catch a little break in the action. a few flurries east of the city. in town right now, just chilling down a little bit. lighter breezes, that's for sure. 37 degrees current temperature. the sky is still mostly cloudy. as people get rid of the clouds later this morning, we'll see the return of sunshine. quiet weather. colder and quiet tomorrow. milder weekend. 50s for both saturday and sunday. big change compared to last weekend. yesterday's rainfall numbers, impressive. the park 1.5 inches. 1.29 at white plains, laguardia and .75 at islip. a lot of that fell in a short period of time. we saw a lot of wind gusts over 50 miles per hour. jfk had one at 55 miles per hour yesterday afternoon.
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freezing mark in jackson. toms river at 33. mainly upper 30s. upper 20s in westhampton. most folks still above the freezing mark. can see a lot of cloud cover. it's trying to thin out to the south and west. a few snow flurries popped up right in there. as quickly as he popped up, they dissipated. maybe a flake or two in suffolk county early on this morning. a decent day with clouds giving way to sunshine. temperatures in the mid-40s this afternoon. light winds tomorrow. brisk, colder, you'll notice that. 37. but what we have in our favor, sunshine. this time of the year, the sun angle is getting higher in the sky and the days getting longer. it feels better in the direct sun at least. temperatures around 40 degrees or so. the next couple of days, a little chillier and then we bounce back by the weekend. 51 and 54. that's our spread for the weekend. maybe a spotty shower early saturday.
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most of the time it's rain-free this weekend. temperatures in the 50s. can't sneeze at that. monday is quiet. into tuesday, we're going to watch a coastal storm bringing rain our way the way it looks. wednesday, it tracks up the coast, depending upon the exact track, it will impact rain or rain mixing with snow. most of the model trending, warmer on this one. meaning more of a rainmaker. that's several days away. 24 today, 37 -- 44 today, 37 tomorrow. nice and mild on saturday. mild sunday into monday. the rain threat tuesday into wednesday. let's see what we have heading out the door for the commute. lauren is going to tell us all about it. >> thanks, chris. still a good morning for the commute. two problems on the roads. an accident on the ramp off the deegan there on to the westbound cross bronx expressway. a car spun out and hit the wall. there's debris too. that takes out the right lane. as you can see by the data flows, it's a slow ride. but just on the ramp.
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affecting the major roadway there. the gowanus, we have reports of an accident. we can see the slowdown. this is inbound by hamilton avenue. delays, stop and go through here almost back to the prospect expressway. a live look at the george washington bridge where it's smooth sailing out there into the tolls. no delays on the upper or lower level. none at any of the hudson river crossings. you're in for a very nice ride at this hour. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. the next update on the 4s. 5:47 now. a man from roosevelt island used the dating app tinder to look for more than just love. authorities say 35-year-old brandon kiehm met two women through the app and swindled them out of nearly $26,000. he allegedly told them he needed money to pay for a family member's cancer treatment. when he offered to pay the women back, he wrote them a bad check. he's also accused of swiping a debit card from a man who hired
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stealing $13,000. right now, the nypd is looking for a woman who has an eye for expensive watches. two times she met men in the meat packing district, went back to their hotel. once they're asleep, she takes off their watch and leaves. the watches are worth more than $50,000 each. in connecticut, a fairfield man was shot and killed by police. officers say chris andrews attacked his family inside their home on mountain laurel road. officers ordered him to drop his weapon but he refused then lunged at an officer. the officer shot and killed him. his wife and kids are being treated for slash and stab wounds. right now, police are searching for the gunman in brooklyn. lionel mclean woos shot in the head and body about 7:20 last night. he was found unconscious in front of an apartment building in bedford-stuyvesant. he was rushed to the hospital where he died.
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police want your help to find the man in this new video. a security camera caught him knocking down a religious statute outside a church and walking away. it's in front of a church in williamsburg. it's the third time the statue at that church has been vandalized. a postal worker is crying foul after a wild encounter on his route. the wild turkeys accosted a mailman hon. esplanade drive yesterday. the birds gave him a scare and he ran to his truck and called police while the turkeys held him hostage. when officers arrived, they shooed the 20-pound birds away. also in new jersey, police arrested a doctor for punching a child. the suspect was skiing with his own child in vernon on sunday when a 12-year-old victim fell on them. that's when police say the doctor went into a ski rage, punching the boy, hitting him with a city pole.
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in that florida, 18-year-old malachi love robinson is charged with practicing medicine without a license. his fake practice even had a website. an investigator posed as a patient and given a physical exam before the arrest. the teen was also cited in october. chick-fil-a opening a second location here in new york city. it will take up two stories and 5,000 square feet. it's going to be west 46th street and 6th avenue in the times square area. the new location expected to be designed more for to-go orders. it's scheduled to open april 2nd and it comes after the first new york city location had some problems. the chick-fil-a on 6th avenue, further south, closed voluntarily for five days after being cited for health code violations. it's 5:50 right now. just ahead, the $1.5 billion mystery that will be solved today. a lot of people saying this
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billion dollar powerball jackpot? of course you do. today the florida winners, they're coming forward. the winning ticket was bought in a supermarket near melbourne beach. the lucky winners of the $1.5 billion prize will be revealed in a press conference this afternoon. if they take the lump sum payment, they'll be picking up a check for $329 million. a long island man set to cash in on a 36-long investment on a comic book. amazing fantasy number 15 from 1962. it's the first appearance of spider man and goes up for auction today. estimate today sell for $400,000. the owner bought it in 1980. paid a lot back then. $1200. he wanted to invest in coming books. spider man is relatively new. 1962 was not 78 years ago. >> i know it well.
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i didn't collect comic books. archie comics. >> it's okay. >> those are the only comic books i read were the archie comic books. veronica and jug head. >> and that guy has all of that money. >> good for him. >> darlene rejected spider man now and then. >> darlene rejected a lot of things. clouds anticipated with sunshine. turns colder tonight. a low of 26 in the city with a mostly clear sky. teens north and west. wednesday, we can think about the weekend, why not? 54 on saturday, morning clouds and a spritz. that's about it. again in the 50s on sunday. the weekend looking good. betty. >> that's betty. she's the nice one. >> you don't share the weather and traffic center. you don't know.
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let talk about the commute, which is still being pretty nice. we have a problem on the f train. 71st avenue bound f trains running local from 36th street to roosevelt avenue. we had delays on uptown 6 trains that's cleared out. normal service has resumed. major commuter lines are fine and ferry commuters, the average, bus service in place of ferry service because of the icing on the hudson river until further notice. of course, we'll let you know when that changes. lauren, thanks very much. the mayor of mt. vernon says the underdome, a soccer facility will reopen soon now that the operator promised to repair and eventually replace it. it collapsed under the weight of snow last month from the january 23rd blizzard. the athletic complex also collapsed during a storm in 2010. a man who lost his wallet at a brooklyn concert got his stuff back with an interesting note. he claims he dropped his wallet at kings theater. a couple of weeks later, he received an envelope containing
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it wrote i kept the cash because i needed weed, the metro card >>. it's basically i'm a good guy but i'm giving you the middle finger and keeping anything that would have any currency behind it. happened and offered flaherty free tickets to an upcoming concert. >> super nice. >> the theater >> not the thief. coming up next at 6:00, a shoppers. a potentially tainted product. apple vows to fight a court order to hack into the phone that the san bernardino's shooters had. we'll tell you what the company is saying and why they're fighting back against the fbi. now, if you're about to head out the door, download the "news 4 new york" app on europe mobile device right now. we'll be back in two minutes. you're watching "today in new
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on the job in westchester county. >> apple pledging to fight a court order to hack into a phone belonging to the san bernardino shooters. why the company says this could have a wider impact on your personal information. plus, a long trip home. hear from airline passengers caught up in days of severe weather and flight diversions. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone. it's wednesday morning. it is february 17th. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo. we do want to check in with storm team 4's chris cimino. it's drying out for people who have to clean up. >> this is much, much better. no snow, rain, wind, flooding concerns. it's nice and quiet. temperatures still above freezing. armonk, 35. floral park 36. extreme northwestern sections of new jersey, above freezing as in poughkeepsie. east end of the island, westhampton at 29 degrees. clouds this morning. not producing any precipitation. we did have a few flurries early on across fairfield county,
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they flare up and dissipate. clouds break out for sunshine. partly sunny by noontime. temperatures bouncing back to close 40. forecasting a high this afternoon, not bad with much lighter winds of 44 degrees. we'll see if this trend continues with the seven-day forecast. what's the commute, lauren? >> still looking pretty good. new jersey moving along nicely. long island as well. we do have a problem, though, on the ramp from the major deegan to the cross bronx. kai simonsen is live in chopper 4 over this accident. it's a single vehicle that spun out and hit the wall. there is debris. this does take out the right lane. there are no emergency vehicles out there, though. this has been out there for quite a while. it's a bit of a slow ride on the ramp. this is the westbound cross bronx expressway. once you're past it, it's fine. no delays on the main line of the major deegan but people taking a little time to move around this accident. i'll let you know when that's cleaned up. as far as other roadways, an accident on the gowanus inbound
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leave yourself extra time that way. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thanks so much, lauren. 6:01. cleanup is under way from the wicked weather that hit our area yesterday. tracie strahan is in englewood, new jersey, where one family is deem with a big tree problem. tracie? >> reporter: darlene, what a day ahead for this family on tryon street. it makes you wonder, was it that bad yesterday? take a look for yourself. not only was this tree uprooted, it was knocked into this home. we want to let you know that no one was home at the time and thank goodness for that. but it's just indicative of the type of weather that they endured yesterday all throughout the tri-state area. i want to show you video of the bronx -- match lieu parkway. sections were sub mernld during the rainfall yesterday. staten island, the same story. reports of cars being stranded on flooded roadways.
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turned into lakes. if that wasn't enough, well, the wind completed the one-two punch. 30, 40, 50 miles per hour in some situations. even that made it just tough to walk down the street. getting back to the cleanup, you see not only do they have the tree here, a lot of wires were snagged as well in this neighborhood. thankfully, again, no one home at the time here. no other injuries reported. darlene, we were on the bronx river parkway. it has reopened in the section near the westchester county mall cause even that area was submerged. it's going to be a rough road ahead for so many people in this area. back to you. >> tracie strahan, thank you. new this morning, families left without a place to live. the fire broke out early this morning. happened on the first floor of a building at 44 park avenue. firefighters say the fire sent lots of smoke into the building's stairways, many residents headed to the fire escapes to get out.
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firefighters had to be treated for minor injuries. this morning, weary travelers finally home after what was supposed to be a 3 1/2 hour flight and turned into a 28 hp hour ordeal. we thoeld you yesterday morning how the flight from the dominican republic was supposed to land at kennedy airport and diverted to manchester boston airport in new hampshire due to bad weather. passengers spent a night in a hotel, then their flight home was diverted again. it ended up in boston because of heavy turbulence. >> that was the scariest part. puts your life in perspective. >> the flight attendants and the pilot said it was too rough to land. made a good decision. safety. >> the passengers finally landed last night at kennedy. some travelers refuse today risk another flight and opted for a train ride home. >> probably so happy to be home now, right? one of those things where things start going wrong and you feel like you're never going to make it back. >> domino effect.
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be horrific with that rough system coming on through. things calmed down nicely now. in the wake of it, no real cold air. seasonable chill will. 31 on lagrange. 33 in hopewell junction. po in corn waul. mid-30s in the city. most of long island in the same range as connecticut. westhampton, it's 29 degrees. what to expect today, improvement. quieter weather. start out with clouds, clouds break up for sunshine. in the mid-40s most locations by this afternoon with much less wind. again, starting out right now with a mostly cloudy sky in the city, 37. climb back to 40 by noon. into the low 40s at 3:00. forecasting a high of 44 degrees. weekend weather warmer. we'll have the details on that straight ahead. let's find out about the commute from lauren. >> thanks, chris. mass transit, we have one change for subway commuters. 71st avenue bound f trains running local from 36th street to roosevelt avenue. otherwise, the subways look good.
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ferry commuter, haverstraw os ing and -- as soon as ferry service is restored, we'll let you know. bus service for you still. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect and more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> thanks, lauren. new this morning, apple is vowing to fight a court order to help the fbi hack into the phones of the san bernardino shooters. kerry barrett has more on why they claim the ruling could impact your security. kerry? >> apple ceo tim cook released a statement on the company website saying that apple will resist the federal judge's order to essentially hack its users in connection with the investigation of the san bernardino terror attack. the statement says in part, the u.s. government has asked for us to do something we simply do not have and something we consider too dangerous to create. they've asked us to build a back door to the iphone specifically, the fbi wants us to make a new version of the iphone operating system, circumventing several important security features. cook went on to say that the
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can to help in the investigation, that apple loves their country and doesn't support terrorists but that in the physical world, what the fbi is asking them to do would be the equivalent of creating a master key capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. they don't believe that any reasonable person would find that acceptable. he went on to say there's no precedent either for an american company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack. the judge issued that order on tuesday. apple now has five days to respond to the court. darlene? kerry barrett in the newsroom. thank you. it is 6:07. the american band eagles of death metal gave a performance three months after the tack at their last show in paris. >> some of the survivors say seeing them perform helped them heal. the band tweeted a picture with the caption, thank you for this, paris.
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show at the bataclan theater last year. the coordinated attacks in paris took the lives of 130 people. presidential politics now. a foe photo tweeted out by jeb bush's campaign is being talked about. it's a pistol made in south carolina. the caption simply reads, america. the photo has been tweeted with comments and spoofs of the image. politics will dominate tv tonight. donald trump and john kasich will be at town hall meetings on msnbc. kasich at 7:00 p.m. followed by trump at 8:00. the rest of the gop field will be at a cnn town hall event. president obama raising the stakes, incompetent cysting it's his duty to nominate a supreme court justice. spoke out yesterday as the seat of the justice was draped in black.
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lie in repose at the supreme court. the funeral will be on saturday. the president says right now, he is looking for a nominee. we're going to find somebody who is an outstanding legal mind. somebody who cares deeply about our democracy and cares about rule of law. >> many senate republicans vowing to stop any attempt by the president to fill that seat. in this morning's cnbc money report, there's a strike threat from major airline. landon dowdy joins us with the details and more. what's going to happen here? >> michael, good morning to you. an airlines mechanics reject the latest contract offer. the union will seek approval from regulators to strike and it's unclear whether they will ultimately walk off the job. united has yet to wrap up a contract with mechanics and maintenance workers from united and continental since the airlines merged in 2010. mean while, former treasury secretary larry somers says it's time to get rid of the $100 bill. he argues that corruption is
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paper kurp si as it's easier for criminals and terroristst to move cash illegally in large bills. somers says the u.s. government should stop issuing new $100 bills and take older ones out of circulation. however, they have no plan to do that. i think, just in case, we should collect as many as possible. >> the franklin, as i refer to it. >> it's all about the benjamins. >> make it rain. landon. thanks, landon. 6:10. those are marching orders for you. have you ever had a parking ticket? we'll tell you which local county is about to offer an amnesty deal affecting hundreds of thousands of violators ziefrpt the . the top dog. weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new
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it's 6:13. here are four things to know this morning. apple says it will fight a judge's order to help unlock a phone used by one of the san bernardino shooters. ceo tim cook says the action would have implications far beyond the legal case at hand. the indian point nuclear plant planning a siren test. the test is going for four minutes starting at 10:30 a.m. new recalls linked to the faulty takata airbags. this time saturn as tra from 2008 and 2009 and the saab 9.3 and saab 9.5s. you can get full details on nbcnewyork.com. the florida winners from the record setting jackpot are expected to come forward today. the lucky winners will split $1.5 billion with two other lucky ticket owners. the lump sum payment for each of
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>> the average salary of a baseball player. anyway, 6:10. time for weather and traffic togtd. we're dealing with temperatures that have cooled down. generally above freezing in most areas. leftover clouds out there. they're going to filter out through the day today. sunshine too. colder tonight into tomorrow. it stays quiet. milder again. we could see temperatures back into the 50s by the time we get to saturday and sunday. the trend this winter so far temperature-wise, december was a record setter. january was still above normal. 2 degrees above normal. for the first time this month we're a little under for the month of february. that could change with the last few days showing a warming trend. we haven't had a below normal month in quite some time. hillsborough at the freezing mark. east, freezing mark at jackson. across long island, mostly mid 30s. upper 30s city.
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up in monticello, the cold -- they break up a little bit. you see a thin spot, the clouds will thin out. a batch of snow flurries in portions of suffolk county. watch it there and it's gone. the air is drying out as the dry or westerly winds. gentler westerly wind at 10 miles an hour. so you can see, again, through the afternoon on future tracker mix in a few clouds. more clouds north and west of town. a couple of snow flurries in the evening hours. the skies clear on out. the temperatures drop. we're back in the 20s for most of us. teens in the suburbs. tomorrow, look at that. full day of sunshine. a chilly day. friday start out with sun. clouds in the mix. no rain or snow to worry about on through friday. probably late friday night into saturday morning, could be a spripg sprinkle or light showers. colder, 26 in the city. teens in the suburbs with a mostly clear sky. check out the weekend. 50s. 54 on saturday.
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again, just a spot shower early saturday and another one maybe late sunday night. most of the daylight hours. chillier tomorrow, friday. monday. late tuesday into wednesday, a coastal storm with rain and/or snow in the low 40s. lauren, is it getting busier on the commute? >> yeah. a couple of problems. the long island expressway by queens, by the grand central parkway. there's a disabled van taking out the left lane. so it's causing things to slow down through the area. we usually see congestion here anyway. this is making it worse. continue to keep a close eye on that one for you. heading over to the problem on the ramp from the major deegan to the westbound cross bronx expressway, a single car accident with debris on the road. there is a spinout. the car hit the wall. fdny is on the scene trying to clean it up. of course, we'll let you know how -- when this clears and
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it's causing delays on the ramp. heading over to the gowanus expressway, delays as well. an earlier accident on the zebra stripes heading inbound by the hamilton avenue exit. that's causing the delays here. you can see they go back past -- nj transit, just said that the portal bridge is open. expect 15-minute delays on the northeast corridor. north jersey coastline, essex and midtown direct lines. we'll have more weather and traffic on the 4s. lauren, thank you. 6:18 right now. today, pope francis plans to pray for mexico's migrants when he celebrates mass across the u.s. border. the pontiff will perform the service at the juarez fairgrounds. it will be simulcast near el paso, texas. yesterday the pontiff was nearly toppled by the crowd. he gave them a scolding yelling in spanish, don't be selfish. the woman who claims eliot
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hotel made similar claims against a man three years ago. in that case, travis sued the man claiming he choked her. her former lawyer dropped her as a client because of ethical issues with her allegations, unquote. spitzer denies choking her, not facing charges. travis has returned to russia and not returned e-mails asking for comment. in new jersey, health officials alerting people about a raccoon with rabies. animal control officers captured the wild animal earlier this month in woodbridge township in the avenel community. test came back positive for rabies. if you believe you encountered this animal, call the local health department. nassau county willing to cut a deal with drivers with unpaid tickets. according to news day, the county is offering amnesty to anybody who has a parking or traffic ticket issued before 2014 at that are still unpaid. part of the deal, though, now the original fine would be cut in half, the penalties and late
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certain other fees and surcharges will have to be paid. the amnesty program begins next monday and runs through may 23rd. if you have a parking ticket that old, probably a good advantage to take advantage. >> fines adding up. 6:19. up next, a sipe that spring is really coming. turkey trouble in our area. we'll tell you where some marauding fowl went on attack. follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny. you're watching "today in new york."
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the new location will take up two more stores and more than 5,000 store -- more than 5,000 square feet on west 46th street and 6th avenue. the new location is ebbs pekted to be dee siepd for more to-go orders. this comes after the first new york city location had several problems. the chick-fil-a on 6th avenue in harold square closed voluntarily for five days after it was cited for health code violations. here's a hopeful sign happening today. mets pitchers and catchers officially report, yes, to spring training. >> yes! >> curtis granderson was spotted. they've been working on writing an entrance song for the season. in an article he says he's co-writing it with an artist from his native dominican republic republic. >> very cool. >> i will not blow a save. >> i'm sure that's in there.
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it's always exciting. we're still locked into winter. it's a sign. we're heading in the right direction. it's going to get better. the fact it will get better temperaturewise by the weekend, today is not bad. sun breaks out. the afternoon, cool, 44. not too much wind either. nothing to worry about in that department. it turns colder tonight. it will have that wintry feel. a low of 26 in the city. a lot of the suburbs north and west, a colder day tomorrow. as we head to the weekend, we shed the cold and think spring training. morning clouds and a sprinkle. then maybe a sprinkle at night on sunday. that's a pretty good looking weekend. last weekend, 1 below zero. i think we'll handle 54. >> we like it. thanks, chris. hey, lauren. >> hey. we have problems on the roads. right now the hutchinson river drawbridge is open. the hutch is closed in both directions by there. you might want to head to 95 in the meantime.
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delays. kai simonsen is live over the scene of an accident. this is hamilton avenue. no longer blocking lanes on the main roadway. but delays are still out there on the gowanus heading into the area. they go past the prospect expressway. leave yourself extra time. we also had issues on nj transit. details in a few minutes. thanks, lauren. cleaning up from our wild weather. >> reporter: the storm is over, but the pain remains. i'm tracie strahan live in englewood, new jersey, with a look at the cleanup on tap for trees and other things throughout the tri-state area. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live in times square. from lawmakers to new yorkers, they are fired up about proposed cuts to counterterrorism programs. we'll tell you what this is all about and hear from people as well. keep watching "today in new york." download the "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device right now.
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the phone of the san bernardino shootersment tell you why the company is fighting back against the fbi. tinder scam. the man accused of using the app to rip off thousands of dollars from women looking for love. took home best in show at the westminster dog show. "today in new york" starts now. we're going to see it in a little bit. first of all, good morning everyone. i'm michael gargiulo. february 17th. i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with chris cimino looking at the weather picture. >> starting out gray looking and dismal. it's going to be a better and kinder day to us. no strong winds, no rain, no snow. nothing to worry about in that regard. 37 in the park. same number farmingdale. 28 monticello. one of the colder numbers. most folks in the 30s. it's chillier this morning certainly than yesterday morning. but again, the clouds that are with us early on showing signs of thinning out. the air drying out across southern new jersey and all of that will move in our direction.
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up for occasional sunshine working through the late morning and afternoon hours. temperatures a little chillier. 40 at noon. forecasting a high of 44. take a slide back with the temperatures and back up by the weekend. talk about that in a little bit. getting dicey on the commute. let's find out the latest from lauren. >> 15-minute delays out of penn station for nj transit commuters. the bridge has closed. this is residual. one train delay of 25 minutes. talk about tea lace on the fdr drive. mnl rear pairs north of 79th street. this is a shot of the fdr. this is low 60s. the delays are back to. this is a spot to avoid. this is likely going to get worse. more weather and traffic on the 4s. apple's ceo says a judge's order to unlock the san bernardino shooters' phone is dangerous.
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the implications of the demands are chilling. it could demand that apple build surveillance software to intercept your records, access your data or your microphone or camera without your knowledge. police killed the two after they reportedly shot and killed 14 people last december. the fbi has been arguing it needs access to relevant, critical data that's locked on their phone. the fight against terror will be the focus of a major meeting in manhattan this morning. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in times square with details. kat? >> reporter: darlene, we've been talking with people who work here in times square. they are especially upset about this, telling us they don't want to see less counterterrorism officers. they want to see more. that's what's at stake. the program that pays for the training of police officers and also new york city firefighters and others, that could be partially cut.
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president obama's proposed budget. there's $300 million in cuts. proposed cuts. new york city received $180 million in counterterrorism funding last year. half of that could be slashed. some new yorkers we talked with said this. >> i usually see them walking around and just monitoring and keeping an eye on what's going on. >> i feel more safe when i see cops around on the subways, in the neighborhoods patrolling. it's absolutely necessary. >> senator chuck schumer, a vocal opponent ent of this proposed cut said in light of recent attacks in san bernardino and paris, extremists continue to become more dangerous and the cuts cannot happen. darlene, we'll hear from the senator, also mayor de blasio, the police commissioner, the fire commissioner. they have a press conference a little later this morning at police headquarters in lower manhattan. back to you. >> katherine creag, thank you. 6:33 right now. a consumer alert now.
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specialty cheese because of potentially deadly listeria concerns. it's aged cheese in walnut leaves. the whole foods on houston street in the lower east side is the only store in new york that sold it. the deadly bacteria is especially harmful to children and the elderly. we have more details on the recall on nbcnewyork.com. drivers still on the lookout for ice yesterday and look what happened to a car. this is from our sister station in connecticut. the windshield was shattered by a sheet of ice that came flying off a box truck. connecticut state police have received similar reports of other cars also being hit by flying ice. it's one thing to have to be so careful especially behind a truck. you never know when it's coming out. that's what happened. >> 6:34. meanwhile, chris, we're looking at temperatures right now. high 30s. >> that's good news. most folks above freezing at this hour of the morning. not dealing with much in terms
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there's no new precipitation. that being snow, sleet, freezing rain or plain old rain any time soon. the clouds are still out there this morning. chilly start. temperatures generally in the 30s. the mercury should go back to the mid-40s this afternoon. pretty nice. bigger store, i much less wind. a nicer day to be out there. no major weather problems. mostly cloudy right now. 37 degrees. we may slip another degree or so early on this morning. back to 40 by noon. 42 at 3:00 under a blend of clouds and sunshine. colder tonight and the weekend. we'll talk about that in a little bit. latest on the commute heading out the door. deeper into it. let's talk about roads. route 17 northbound after central avenue. the rochelle park area. an accident is causing heavy delays in both directions. that's the spot to avoid. we have kai simonsen over the goe wap us with an accident out there. that's before the battery tunnel by hamilton avenue.
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blocking lanes on the roadway, it's causing heavy delays. delays go well back past the prospect expressway. it's a slow ride on the gowanus this morning. leave yourself extra time there. once you're past it, things are okay. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect today. 6:35 now. the cleanup is under way from the wicked weather that lashed our area yesterday. tracie strahan has been in englewood, new jersey, where one family is dealing with a big tree problem. tracie, you showed it to us a few moments ago. >> reporter: we'll show it to you michael. not only was the tree behind me on tryon street uprooted. it fell into a child's bedroom here. we want to make it clear, no one was home at the time thankfully but the folks are likely thank full that things will be a little warmer today because they like so many will have to clean
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let's show you how bad things became. in the bronx yesterday, part of the parkway was submerged making for a tough commute to say the least. the story the same on staten island where cars became stranded on flooded roadways as well. a lot of people chancing it at the height of the storm. parking lots became lakes, especially this one that we're going to show you near citi field. again, the wind completing a one-two punch of damage in this area. now, when it comes to damage, especially here in bergen county, no major injuries reported to anyone. that's the good news. the folks at this home were not home at the time, michael. they're really going to have to clean up not only that tree, but there are snagged wires as a result of all of this, michael. englewood police are saying no injuries reported in the area. the cleanup is going to take up most of the day. back to you. >> like so many homeowners, you look at trees around your house and say gee, if that fell, where would it go? this is a worst case scenario if
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>> reporter: yes. absolutely, michael. all right. 6:37. right now, police looking for the man who punched a tourist in the face leaving him unconscious with a fractured skull. it happened around 3:30 monday afternoon in front of the staten island ferry terminal in lower manhattan. a woman approached the tourist from arkansas and tried to sell him a fake ticket to the statue of liberty. when he declined, another man punched him. the pair then ran off. also happening now, police want your help to find the man in this video. they say security camera caught him knocking down a religious statue outside a brooklyn church and walking away. it happened two weeks ago in front much our lady of constellation church in williamsburg. this is the second time a statue has been vapd liesed. a man punched a child in a ski rage. samuel caruthers was skiing with his own child when the 12-year-old victim fell on them.
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and hit him with a ski pole. the suspect now faces assault charges. roosevelt island man is accused of using a popular dating app to find women to scam. brandon kiehm met two women on tinder last year and swindled them out of $26,000. he allegedly told them he needed money to pay for a family member's cancer treatment. he's accused of swiping a debit card of a man he -- a number of nypd stop and frisks are down significantly. but the department faces challenges. federal monitor released a status report yesterday saying stops were down to 24,000 last year. they had been as high as 685,000, that was in 2011. but the monitor said many officers need supervisors to take a more active role in oversight, teaching and discipline. yale university trying to figure out who may have been exposed to a student with pack tierial meningitis.
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the university is working with local and state health officials to identify people who are close extended contact with the stew depth dent to -- student to provide department. there was a request for proposals for the stations. pre-approved locations for the bike rental stations include st. george terminal, wadsworth. the conference house park. happening today, the winner of the 140th westminster dog manhattan. california's journey or cj for short won best in show. 39-year-old is a german -- 3-year-old is a german short haired pointer. cj will head to the top of the empire state building and have a traditional winner's steak. >> still looking for some
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>> meanwhile, dario, became a quick fan favorite. the hungry dog was trying to dig into the handler's pocket for treats. there was nothing in the pocket. the treats were on the other side. dario didn't win an award but he won over the crowd at the garden. he's a big boy. >> beautiful dog, though. >> he wanted those treats. >> friendly. the happy dog. 6:40. a man loses his wallet but then gets a letter. you may not believe what that person said. plus, weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new
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6:44. time for weather and traffic together again. yesterday was a stormy day.
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almost 1.5 inches in the park. about .75 inches in laguardia. the wind took down a lot of trees, power outages as well. a gust at jfk at 55 miles an hour. out in farmingdale, 54 miles an hour. central park had a 40 mile per hour wind gust. that's gone. snow and ice is gone. the strong wind gone. bus stop weather for the kid, not bad. 36 degrees. 42 at dismissal time. the clouds should break up, near 40 after school. low to mid-30s north and west of town now. couple of upper 20s. that's about it. some of the chillier spots out there. clouds thinning out very nicely. that's good news. there's no rain or snow associated with them any longer. few flurries across connecticut and long island. those have dissipated now. a decent day with sun and clouds. in the mid-40s this afternoon with relatively light wind out of west at about 10 miles an hour. colder tonight. 26 in the city.
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further north and west, 14. 20 in newton, 22 mars plains. asbury park about 25 with a mostly clear skies. touch colder tomorrow with a brisk wind. 37 for a high. bright and sunny at least. friday, sun fades behind cloud, up around 40. into the weekend, 54 on saturday, 54 on sunday. a spot shower early on saturday and another sunday night. we'll watch the coast for tuesday night into wednesday. that teams seems to be the next chance of anything significant around here. track looks like we stay warm enough to make it mainly rain. that may change. mid-40s today, colder upper 30s tomorrow. back to the 50s over saturday and sunday. watch for an early shower on monday. better chance for rain later tuesday into wednesday. lauren scala, what's the latest on the commute? >> we have a bunch of new problems since the last time i saw you. this one has been out there a while. 15-minute delays in and out of new york penn for nj transit
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of the portal bridge. the f train running local for a stretch in queens. otherwise, subways are fine. this accident just came in. garden state parkway around exit 150 blocking the center lane, delays are building through here. heavier delays on route 17 pause of an accident in the northbound lanes of central avenue. southbound delays because of rubber necking, if back to route 4. head to the parkway in this area instepped. headed to the hudson river crossings, george washington bridge to the upper level, 5 lower. lincoln is 30. holland is 20 from both approaches. the emergency construction on the fdr drive headed northbound after 79th street still there. causing delays into the low 60s. also, watch out for a disabled vehicle on the l.i.e. westbound by the grand central parkway jamming things up. lauren, thanks very much. 6:47 now. the mayor of mt. vernon says the sports under dome as it's known will reopen soon. the soccer complex collapsed last month under the weight of snow from the january 23rd blizzard.
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operator agreed to address concerns about the structural integrity and promised to repair it and eventually replace it. a man who lost his wallet at a brooklyn concert got some of his stuff back along with an interesting note. riley flaherty believes he dropped his wallet at kings theater a few weeks ago. he canceled his credit cards and replaced his driver's license. two weeks later he received an envelope with his license and credit cards with an honest note that read in part, i kept the cash because i needed weed. the metro card pause the fare is $2.75 now and the wallet because it's kind of cool. >> it was basically i'm a good guy but i'm also kind of giving you the middle finger and keeping all, anything with currency behind it. happened. they offered flaherty free tickets to an upcoming concert and told him to leave the wallet at home. i think it's a jerk move to be honest with you. it's 100% stealing.
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they said this is for thanksgiving. that's right. 6:52. the "today" show is coming up in a few minutes. we check in with savannah and willie. see what's coming. >> nice to see you both. coming up this morning, as the republican presidential candidates make their final pushes to voters in saturday's south carolina pry mayor ir, we'll talk with the front-runner, donald trump live about his war of words with jeb bush and ted cruz and some of the supreme court issues that have come up>> absolutely. imagine being arrested by federal marshals for not paying back your student loans. that's what a texas man claims happened to him. his message to other borrowers. could a video game help you ward off alzheimer's? an inside look at technology that has people excited. what would you do if a stranger asked you to help them cheat on their diet. the social experiments. >> love the social experiments. >> don't cheat on my diet.
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she stops me. >> that's a good friend. >> i'm an enabler. >> one cheeseburger is not going to hurt. >> exactly. >> what diet are you on, my friend? >> i'm on the eat air diet. we're trying to eat air only. guys, looking forward to it. see you later. up next, chris is going to tell us what our area -- when our area could warm up. you're watching "today in
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welcome back. new this morning, an apartment fire in yonkers left two families without a place to live. >> a photo shows what's left of the apartment. the fire sent lots of smoke into the stairways of the building. many residents headed to the fire escapes to get out. one resident and eight firefighters had to be treated for minor injuries ziefrnl the indian point nuclear plant planning a siren test this morning. rock land, putnam, orange counties may hear the sirens. it will start at 10:30 a.m. for four minutes. local leaders are expected to speak out about federal budget cuts that could deal a major blow to fighting terrorism in our area. >> katherine creag is in times square with the details. kat? >> reporter: darlene and michael, these are proposed cuts to counterterrorism programs. programs that involve new york city police officers, training those officers, but also firefighters and in president obama's proposed budget there's
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anti-terror -- new york city received $180 million in counterterrorism funding last year. you can imagine a lot of people, especially those who work in new york city in times square upset about this. back to you. >> kat, thank you. now to tracie strahan in englewood, new jersey, with a look at storm cleanup in our area. tracie? >> reporter: thankfully, no one was home when this tree was uprooted and fell on top of this home in englewood. it will be one area that will be the source of storm cleanup today. mash lieu parkway partially sub mernld as a result of driving rain. some cars were stranded in parking lots in several areas throughout the tri-state area. no injuries, major injuries reported as a result of this. but from the snagged wires to the downed trees, there will be a hefty storm cleanup today. thankfully, that will be a warmer. thanks very much. lauren, i know you're looking at
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>> delays for nj transit commuter. up to 15 minutes in and out of new york penn station because of an earlier opening of the portal drawbridge. on the roads, an accident on the hutch southbound after boston road in the left lane. another one on the queens bound whitestone bridge. head over to the throgs neck bridge. flooding on the fdr northbound after 79th street in the left lane. delays back to the midtown tunnel almost. lauren, thank you. chris, one more check of the weather. >> weather cooperates the next few days after a rough spell. we have clouds this morning that will break up for sunshine through the late morning and afternoon. not as windy, certainly. just a lighter breeze out of the west. temperatures this afternoon back into the mid-40s. colder tonight. quick shot of cold air. 26 in the city. upper teens, low 20s in the suburbs. tomorrow, back to the upper 30s. that day we'll be below normal. at least it's a sunny day tomorrow. sun followed by clouds on friday. up around 40. here comes the good stuff in time for the weekend. this weekend is much, much better.
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maybe an early morning sprinkle. a shower at night on sunday. monday looks good. we'll watch the coast for a storm tuesday into wednesday. leaning towards rain as opposed to snow. we'll keep you posted. >> "today" show is coming up next. that's what's happening "today in new york." good morning. the government versus the tech giant. apple's ceo vows to fight a judge's order forcing it to hack into the iphone of one of the san bernardino killers. is the company taking a stand for its customers or making it harder for law enforcement to keep us safe? southern discomfort. the republican presidential candidates brawl in south carolina ahead of saturday's primary. even the president gets in on the action. >> i continue to believe mr. trump will not be president. it's not hosting a talk show or a reality show.
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